Official: Porsche 911 GT3 R

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

If you saw the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and liked it, then you will definitely like the new 911 GT3 R, a car that it will be raced in the series based on the international FIA GT3 regulations, thus succeeding the 911 GT3 Cup S.

The new 911 GT3 R is powered by a four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine delivering maximum output of 480 bhp (353 kW) transmitted to the rear axle by a sequential six-speed dog gearbox.

Porsche claims that the new 911 GT3 R weighs just 1,200 kg or 2,646 lb and is based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (which is based on the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3) presented in September for one-make cup racing.

The GT3 R offers an increase in engine size of 0.2 litres, which gives the car an extra 30 bhp comparing it to the Cup model. Also, the vehicle comes with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), traction control and an e-gas with throttle-blip function make it much easier to get used to this new GT3 racing car than its predecessor.

The manufacturer also installed new flared wheel arches on to the body both front and rear and, like the second-generation versions of the 911, the 911 GT3 R comes now with the stylish LED rear light clusters.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R will make its debut on 14 January 2010 at the Birmingham Motor Show and will be delivered to Customer Teams the world over as of spring 2010 with a price tag of 279,000 euros plus local sales tax/VAT.

Press Release

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Developed for racing series based on the international FIA GT3 regulations, the stunning Porsche 911 GT3 R succeeds the 911 GT3 Cup S and is delivered to customers ready-to-race. The starting point in developing the Porsche 911 GT3 R was the latest 3.8-litre Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which will compete in the 2010 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup supporting selected Formula One races. However, the Porsche 911 GT3 R - which weighs just 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) - has a larger 4.0-litre six-cylinder 'boxer' engine delivering 480 bhp and other technical developments designed to improve the performance of the car further still.

For example, an anti-lock braking system, traction control and an electronic throttle with 'blip' function on gearbox down-changes make it much easier for drivers to get used to the Porsche 911 GT3 R race car than the prior Cup S model, with the consequence that the new car is also more appropriate for the ambitious amateur racing driver rather than purely experienced professionals. The main focus with this new car was to deliver even better driveability and easier handling.

Additional flared wheel arches front and rear emphasise the purposeful, wide track of the Porsche 911 GT3 R. And like all second generation versions of the 911, the new Porsche 911 GT3 R also comes with striking LED rear light clusters. For optimal aerodynamic performance, the underbody of the car is completely covered and features a rear diffuser and, compared to the prior Cup S model, the range of adjustment on the rear wing has been increased.

The highly-developed suspension can also be adjusted extensively; at the front are height-adjustable MacPherson struts with variable SACHS two-way shock absorbers and double coil springs (main and auxiliary). At the rear, the Porsche 911 GT3 R features a rigidly mounted sub-frame with a height-adjustable multi-arm axle together with adjustable SACHS two-way shock absorbers and double coil springs.

"Since we announced our intention to launch the Porsche 911 GT3 R, demand has been huge," said Uwe Brettel, Head of Motorsport Sales. "The number of GT3 R vehicles we had planned for 2010 is almost sold out."

As the newest Porsche race car, the 911 GT3 R has an incredible provenance. In 2009, the ultimate racing Porsche 911 - the GT3 RSR - won the GT2 Drivers' title in the FIA GT Championship, the GT2 title in the American Le Mans Series and also in the Le Mans Series of endurance races, and also triumphed in the gruelling 24 Hours of the Nurburgring race.

Like the 911 GT3 Cup and 911 GT3 RSR, the Porsche 911 GT3 R is designed and built by the Porsche Motorsport Department at the company's Weissach Development Centre. First deliveries to customer teams around the world begin in the spring, and the base price of the Porsche 911 GT3 R is 279,000 Euros plus local sales tax/VAT.

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